Damn Right! Jamaal Finkley sits down with the cast and filmmakers behind Shaft to talk blaxploitation, and what it means to keep this franchise alive. The guys, Richard Roundtree, Samuel L. Jackson and Jesse T. Usher wanted assurance that I wasn’t from Brothers Protecting Brothers, while the ladies Regina Hall and Alexandra Shipp wanted to discuss some solutions to modern day problems with ‘the man’. Finally took a stroll through Harlem with famed director Tim Story and talked about taking the baton from John Singleton and Gordon Parks with this Franchise!
The most badass private detective ever to walk the streets. The epitome of cool. Shaft is
back on the big screen.
New Line Cinema’s action comedy “Shaft” was directed by Tim Story (the “Ride Along” and
“Think Like a Man” franchises). The film stars Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,”
“Glass,” “Captain Marvel”), Jessie T. Usher (“Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Almost Christmas”),
Regina Hall (“Girls Trip,” “Little”), Alexandra Shipp (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Love, Simon”), Matt
Lauria (TV’s “Kingdom,” “Friday Night Lights”), Titus Welliver (“Argo,” TV’s “Bosch”), Cliff “Method
Man” Smith (“Peppermint,” “Trainwreck”), and Richard Roundtree, the original John Shaft.
JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but
to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad
can provide. Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson)
agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ’s own FBI
analyst’s badge may clash with his dad’s trademark leather duster, there’s no denying family.
Besides, Shaft’s got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that’s professional and personal.
The film was produced by John Davis (“Game Night,” “Joy”) under his Davis Entertainment
banner. Kenya Barris (“Girls Trip,” TV’s “Black-ish”) & Alex Barnow (TV’s “The Goldbergs”) wrote
the screenplay, based upon the character John Shaft from the novel by Ernest Tidyman. Richard
Brener, Josh Mack, Tim Story, Ira Napoliello, Kenya Barris, and Marc S. Fischer served as executive
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